The bigots, haters and bizarre extremists are coming out of the woodwork to support Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s upcoming prayer rally, which is identical to the one Rick Perry held in 2011 to launch his failed presidential bid. A bunch of them have made videos urging people to attend, including Cindy Jacobs:
Jacobs is a self-proclaimed “respected prophet” who claims that her prayers have the power to cure insanity, reverse hysterectomies, heal tumors, stop terrorist attacks, capture world leaders, prevent coups, and revive the dead. Even her children, she claims, possess similar power to stop tornadoes and prevent assassinations. She once said that President Obama’s “anti-Biblical” policies are responsible for natural disasters and warned that even more will strike America as the result of gay marriage, which is a Satanic plot. Jacobs claimed that Perry’s Response prayer rally freed Texas from the curse of Native American cannibals and, perhaps most infamously, she once declared that thousands of birds died in Arkansas because of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
And don’t forget her magical bottomless bowl of spaghetti. E.W. Jackson will also be there:
Jackson is a Religious Right activist and former GOP candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia who has asserted that the push for gay rights has killed more black men than the KKK and said that gay men and women are “perverted,” “degenerate,” and “frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” He has warned that gay marriage will lead to bestiality and said that there is a “direct connection” between homosexuality and pedophilia. The definition of marriage can never change, Jackson has declared, because “America was ordained by Almighty God.”
The lesson, as always: There is no extreme too extreme for today’s Republican party. There is nothing someone can say that would be so crazy that Republican politicians would feel the need to disassociate themselves and stop appearing with them.